On Sunday the world witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. There were wild celebrations at the 2019 Masters as Tiger Woods made more history.
Between 2008 and Sundays Masters victory Woods has been through tremendous highs and lows in terms of injuries and public humiliation. A career that been a tough journey has prevailed once again for Woods as he has come out on top.
Just a few years ago Woods could barely walk due to a back injury that nearly made him quit golf for good. In 2017 he underwent a spinal fusion to ensure that he could simply just walk again let alone swing a golf club. He was scripted as the underdog after going through so many injuries in recent years. Due to his back injury he was forced to miss both the 2016 and 2017 Masters.
Getting There In 2018
In 2018 he returned with a bang as he slowly began to work himself up in the world of golf. He had an outstanding year by challenging for The Open and then finished sixth. He then also was a close runner up after putting up an intense battle with Koepka at the US PGA Championship. He ended 2018 on a high by ending victorious in the Tour Championship which gave him his 80the PGA tour title. He might’ve had a great year but coming into 2019 and specifically the Masters he was still seen as the underdog.
His Fifth Green Jacket
But the underdog prevailed and on Sunday Woods made history by winning his fifth green jacket and first major in 11 years. The 43-year-old won his first Masters title in 1997 and 22 years later has won his fifth in scintillating fashion. He had the composure on the 18th hole to make a putt that took just two seconds and scored a bogey, this was probably the most illustrious bogey of his career as it won him the title.
For a while it seemed that he would fall short once again to Francesco Molinari. But the Italian ended up losing it on the 12th hole when his shot landed in the water. Woods shot landed on the green which was a sign of the change in fortune. Everyone at Augusta and around the world started gained belief again that the great Tiger could return to form and win. Coming into the 18th and final round Woods had spoilt his second shot which nearly blew his lead. But he had a two-shot lead therefore he could afford to drop one. The second putt sealed the deal as the crowd went wild and Woods ran off to hug his family.
Tiger Can Make It
He never disappointed his fans and family. This win appears to be one for entire golfing world, the win meant that he is just three majors behind the all-time record currently being held by Jack Nicklaus. Woods has joined Nicklaus as the only player to win a Masters title in three different decades.
Many can agree that this is one of the greatest sporting comebacks of al time considering the hardships that Woods has had to go through. The setbacks were major, but he has proved an inspiration that perseverance does pay off eventually. He will certainly go down as one of the best if not the best golfer of all time, with definitely more memorable tournament wins to come.